Training

Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) Course – April 25&26, 2017

The VHF Radio Course, Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime), also referred to as ROC(M), is a two-evening course that will be offered this year April 25 and 26, at Lakeland, beside the Hospital in Parry Sound, from 6:30 to 9:00.

This complete course with CD, includes work with Digital Selective Calling. This course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) and includes the DSC Endorsement exam which is given on the second evening.

To operate a maritime radio, you need this certificate. It is the law! This Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures, as well as everyday operating techniques.

Cost: Members of Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron $80.00; non-members $90.00. To register, call John Mason 705-342-1315 – masonj@vianet.ca before April 20th.

Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course.

West Parry Sound Area, 2016 VHF Course Dates Announced

A two evening VHF instruction course with examination will be offered May 3rd and 10th, 2016, at Lakeland Long Term Care facility (beside the West Parry Sound District Hospital in Parry Sound).

The complete package with CD covers VHF marine radio  and Digital Selective Calling (DSC). The course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) and DSC Endorsement exams that will be administered on the second night with temporary licenses issued that evening for people successfully completing the exams.

To legally operate a maritime radio as an individual or business you need this certificate. The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures as well as everyday operating techniques.

Register with John Mason in advance so course materials can be ordered.
705.342.1315, or masonj@vianet.ca.

Cost: Active Canadian Power and Sail Squadron members $80. Non-members $90.

Note: Students must come ready to show that they have memorized the Phonetic Alphabet: Alpha, Bravo, Charley… It is available online. Here is a link to get you started.

State of the Sound – March 3, 2016. Not Quite Ready for Boating.

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Boating Essentials Starting January 2015

Boating Essentials is the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron course that builds on the basic knowledge required for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) and takes you to the next level in your boating education. Topics in this course include navigation, conning, plotting, course and local charting, GPS, anchoring, lines and ropes. The course is taught by qualified local instructors who have considerable knowledge and experience boating in and around Georgian Bay.

You receive a complimentary one-year Regular Membership in Power Squadron upon completion of the Boating Essentials course. Note: Boaters who do not currently have their PCOC may make arrangements with the instructor.

The course will be held one evening a week at the Parry Sound campus of Canadore College.

Course cost: $250.00 Students should register at Canadore Parry Sound for $165.00, seniors $144.70 The course materials costs, paid on the first night will bring the cost up to $250.00

Register by calling 705.746.9222, or through online at this link at Canadore College.

Seamanship Course Starting September 29th

The Parry Sound Power & Sail Squadron will be presenting the Seamanship course this fall starting September 29th.

Seamanship expands upon the CPS Boating Essentials course to provide the student with a more in-depth knowledge of tides, currents, wind, waves and weather.  Traditional navigation, aids to navigation, Collision Regulations, GPS fixes, running fixes, DR plot, way points, the introduction of Deviation and chart labeling in both True and Magnetic are among the many topics covered.

Circumstances such as crew-overboard, medical emergencies, and potentially life-threatening situations are discussed. You will also “learn the ropes”, by gaining proficiency related to knots, hitches, bends, and splices as you develop your Marlinspike skills.

Details about pricing, time and location are available by contacting Parry Sound Power & Sail Squadron Commander and Education Officer, John Mason (705.342.1315, or masonj@vianet.ca.).

VHF Course Dates Announced

A two evening VHF instruction course with examination will be offered May 12 and 19, 2015, at Lakeland Long Term Care facility (beside the West Parry Sound District Hospital in Parry Sound).

The supplied course materials include a manual and CD covering VHR marine radio use and Digital Selective Calling (DSC). The course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) and DSC Endorsement exams that will be administered on the second night with temporary licenses issued that evening for people successfully completing the exams.

To legally operate a maritime radio as an individual or business you need this certificate. The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures as well as everyday operating techniques.

Register with John Mason in advance so course materials can be ordered.
705.342.1315, or masonj@vianet.ca.

The cost is $75 including course materials with a $10 discount ($65) for Canadian Power and Sail Squadron members.

A Dawn Mist Rising Over Zhiishiib Rock Before the Big Freeze

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Training / Executive Officer’s April Update

On April 22, 12 boaters graduated from the Maritime Radio Course held at Lakeland. This is important for boaters since a certificate is needed when operating a VHF radio.

This is the time of year when boaters harass marina operators to get their boats into the water. Four or five calls per person is common. The local saying here is that the Sound is clear of ice within a week of April 21st. 2012 broke the belief with an early break up. Some boats were in the water on the first day of Spring. It looks as though 2014 will break it the other way.

So: Before planning on early season boating remember: The early bird gets the worm. The second mouse gets the cheese.

The early boater gets to boat alone. Silence and still water can be delightful but first boaters can be subject to the floating debris left after the ice is gone. This can range from planks and trees limbs to docks that have broken free.

The first mouse, the one who gets onto the bay before a strong wind has blown it clear of this debris, can have some dangerous experiences. Planks torn from docks, their four inch nails sticking up, can damage the smooth underwater hull of a boat. There is nothing like skimming along through an early Spring fog and having a tree, branches and all, loom out of the mist in front of you.

Then there is the ice. It doesn’t all melt overnight. An invisible skim of ice can do quite a number on a boat too. And if it does and your boat is sinking, who are you going to call who can possibly get to you any time soon? I do boat in the early season. My rules are simple. Carry the seven or eight items you must as demanded by law. Boat like you will never need to use them. Boat carefully, one hand for the boat – one for yourself, and make no mistakes. Or wait ’til things warm up some.

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VHF Course – April 15th & 22nd

A last reminder and information concerning The Maritime Radio Course, for VHF radios.  If you use a marine VHF radio you must have a license. The two evening course will be held on: April 15 and 22, 2014; 6:30 to 9:00; at Lakeland Long Term Care facility.  As you go up the hill use the first hospital parking on the right.  Your parking fee will be looked after.  The door to Lakeland is locked but there will be someone there to let you in. The fee for the course is $75 and includes the cost of the exam.

Interested in the course?

Call: John Mason 705-342-1315; masonj@vianet.ca
or, John Stothers 705-349-1345; Stothers@vianet.ca

We need to know as soon as possible, preferably April 7th to order the necessary course materials and provide you with the phonetic alphabet, knowledge of which is necessary to successfully pass the final examination.

ROC(M) / VHF Radio Course, April 15th and 22nd

This is a two night course being offered by the Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron. Successful completion of the course will provide you with your Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime), including the DSC qualification for the operation of a marine VHF radio.

Note that the course is a month earlier this year than last and will be held April 15th and 22nd in the evening at the Lakeland Long Term Health Care facility, 6 Albert Street in Parry Sound. This two evening course is scheduled  for May 22nd and 29th.

This course includes instruction and the course materials (complete package with CD), and covers Digital Selective Calling (DSC).  This course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) exam. The exam is administered on the second evening. Successful completion provides you with a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime), including DSC.

To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate.  It is the law, and necessary if you operate a radio as part of a commercial operation. The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures, as well as everyday operating techniques.

Register with John Mason or John Stothers at least a week in advance so course materials can be ordered.

John Mason: 705.342.1315 / masonj@vianet.ca

John Stothers: 705.389.1345 / Stothers@vianet.ca

Cost: $75.00

That’s Not Open Water – Just Shadows (March 2013)

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But at least the ice fishing shacks are gone. A hopeful sign.

Boating Essentials – Canadore College, Parry Sound

Boating Essentials

Prerequisite: Any Canadian Coast Guard accredited Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card (PCOC) — BUT

If you don’t have an operator’s card yet, tell us and arrangements will be made.

Whether you are interested in powerboats or sailing vessels, large or small pleasure boats, Boating Essentials is for you!  This course picks up where information to get ‘the Card’ leaves off.

Boating Essentials introduces proven plotting and navigation tools using compass, and GPS/Chartplotter.  With the course you will learn skills to make better sense of navigation with a GPS.  Included are practical charting exercises.  Other information essential to safe and fun boating included in the course are:

  • Anchors and Anchoring
  • Ropes and useful knots, hitches and bends
  • Towing
  • Environmental Responsibilities
  • Pre-launch and Annual Layup Checklist
  • Global Positioning and Charts
  •  An introduction to Electronic Navigation
  • A study of charts and strip charts in and around Parry Sound.

On passing the final exam you will automatically become a full member of the Parry Sound Squadron of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS-ECP, Canada’s largest association of recreational boating enthusiasts) and receive the benefits of membership for one year.  Boating Essentials provides the basis for the advanced training available from CPS-ECP, including Seamanship, Advanced Piloting, Junior Navigation and Navigation.

Course details: 10 Wednesday evenings, January 8th to March 12th (6:30 – 9:00 PM). Location – Canadore College campus, Parry Sound, Ontario.

Call: John Mason at (705) 342-1315 or e-mail masonj@vianet.ca for information.

Price: 2014 – $250.00 per person ($148.75 tuition cost paid to Canadore, $101.25 for course materials paid the first night), $447.50 for two family ($148.75 per student for tuition, $150 for (2) course materials).  Please register at Canadore, Parry Sound (course information link).

VHF Course (Restricted Operator Certificate Maritime, ROC-M)

This two evening course is scheduled  for May 22nd and 29th.

This course includes instruction and the course materials (complete package with CD), and covers Digital Selective Calling (DSC).  This course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) exam. The exam is administered on the last second day. Successful completion provides you with a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime), including DSC.

To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate.  It is the law!  The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures, as well as everyday operating techniques.

Register with John Mason at least a week in advance so course materials can be ordered.

705.342.1315 OR masonj@vianet.ca

Cost: $75.00